No wallowing today. Period. I declare this a day of marvel. Want to marvel with me?
First, I got out of bed after only 40 minutes of wakefulness today! Woo-hoo! And what did I find after I had maneuvered from horizontal to vertical? A fresh blanket of snow reflecting a beautiful sunny day.
Second, having gone to bed without a lesson prepared for my 1pm class today, I woke to purposefulness, started with the end in mind, and prepared a process-oriented lesson that will allow my students some practice in critical analysis.
Third, while I was preparing this lesson, I heard from a couple of former students. One young man who I spent several years trying to convince of his giftedness shared a link to his recent appearance on an AOL sponsored webcast in which he brilliantly articulated the power of technology as a platform for young black voices (Here’s his link.); similarly a young woman who was in my first high school class in Missouri shared her Christian maturity via social media. I get to know these brilliant young people!
Fourth, I found a forgotten gift card I received for Christmas and purchased two new pillows online.
Fifth, I discovered that a savings bond that we received as a wedding gift over twenty-five years ago will more than cover the cost of passports for me and my husband.
Six, I was offered a position teaching composition to high school students in a summer program at the University of Michigan.
Seven, I get to teach college students in just a couple of hours.
Eight, I get to work with two middle school students later today.
Nine, when I sat down to write, I first read a blog post by another former student. She reminded me that although I am prone to wander, my wandering never satisfies. Here’s her blog.
I read my devotion this morning and it reminded me that just as I have been blessed with following in the footsteps of many faithful believers, I am granted an opportunity to leave some footprints of my own. I’d hate to spend all of those footprints on the path to wallowing. So, I’m taking the opportunity, once again, to turn.
My life is rich. I am blessed. I’m just going to marvel at that today. Hope you’ll join me.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.